The 12 Most Amazing Hollywood Physique Transformations

5.  Robert DeNiro

PicMonkey Collage At 48 years old, Robert De Niro transformed his middle-aged shlub of a body into a nasty looking, tatooed, muscular, 4% body fat body in order to play the role of angry ex-convict Max Cady, in 1991’s Cape Fear.

Basing his workouts on the prison style of workout available to his character, De Niro trained by doing endless reps of dips, chinups, and pushups. De Niro reportedly performed up to 600 crunches a day.

And this isn’t the first time De Niro transformed his body for the movies. In preparing for the role of Jake La Motta in the movie Raging Bull, De Niro trained with the real life Jake La Motta, convincing the legendary boxer that De Niro could have fought professionally if he had a mind to.


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  1. Christian Bale
  2. Michael Chiklis
  3. Daniel Craig
  4. Russell Crowe
  5. Robert DeNiro
  6. Robert Downey Jr.
  7. Ryan Gosling
  8. Hugh Jackman
  9. Edward Norton
  10. Brad Pitt
  11. Ryan Reynolds
  12. Will Smith

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  1. didn’t expect to see Michael Chiklis’ name on this list…but seriously…

    I have the utmost respect for all these actors and others that are able to transform themsleves like this, but one thing I often say to friends and family members who I disuss fitness/fat loss with: these actors are being paid-usually milliions of dollars-to make these transformations…also, I have ZERO doubt that at least half of them are using some combination of steroids/GH/???

  2. I really respect how deep some of them get into character. My question is from a health standpoint, are there any effects, maybe as they get to middle age, on their overall health specially for those who transform so drastically.

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